Petr Shvetsov

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Shvetsov, Petr Filimonovich


Born Jan. 14 (27), 1910, in the village of Kazanskaia, in what is now Iglino Raion, Bashkir ASSR. Soviet permafrost specialist and hydrogeologist. Corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1953). Member of the CPSU since 1940.

After graduating from the Moscow Geological Prospecting Institute in 1935, Shvetsov worked in the Main Administration of the Northern Sea Route. In 1941 he began working at the Institute of Geocryology, serving as its director from 1956 to 1958. In 1962 he became head of a laboratory at the All-Union Scientific Research Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology (VSEGINGEO).

Shvetsov’s main works deal with groundwaters and the geo-thermal conditions of permafrost layers. Shvetsov was scientific director and editor of the collective work Fundamentals of Geocryology (1959). He received the State Prize of the USSR in 1952 and has been awarded the Order of the October Revolution, two other orders, and medals.


Zakonomernosti gidrogeotermicheskikh protsessov na Krainem Severe i Severo-Vostoke SSSR. Moscow, 1968.
Geotermicheskie usloviia mezozoisko-kainozoiskikh neftenosnykh basseinov. Moscow, 1974.


“K 60-letiiu P. F. Shvetsova.” Sovetskaia geologiia, 1970, no. 2.
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